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GENEVA, November 2016 – Pink and blue diamonds were highly sought after at the Geneva magnificent jewellery auctions in mid-November, underscoring a strong appetite by investors for collectable natural colour gemstones due to their rarity and beauty.A 17.07-carat emerald-cut fancy intense pink diamond became the top lot in the Sotheby’s sale at the Beau-Rivage hotel on November 16  ...


PARIS, September 2016 – Masterpieces from India’s Nirav Modi stole the show at the Biennale des Antiquaires, showcasing extraordinary design inspiration and unusual diamond cuts. Exhibiting for the first time at the Biennale, which was held at the Grand Palais from September 10 to 18, Nirav Modi created an array of succulent pieces inspired by themes as varied as India’s former ruling dynasties  ...


VICENZA, Italy, September 4, 2016 – Millennials are a key priority for diamond jewellery marketing as their attitudes to consumption are in sharp contrast to Baby Boomer and Generation X consumers. Millennials, the most educated and best informed generation of consumers in history, who now represent around a quarter of the world’s population, are seen as more focused on experiences  ...


MONACO, October 2015 – The world’s top jewellers are well represented around the prestigious Monte-Carlo Casino, showcasing awe-inspiring diamond and colour gemstone jewellery and watches. Chopard is doubly represented, with both a standalone boutique near the Casino and located in the Pavillons Monte-Carlo, a futuristic, space-inspired outdoor shopping hub featuring a variety of luxury  ...


International Jewellery London has seen vast changes in its first 60 years, expanding hugely from its modest beginnings in the Royal Albert Hall when it was mainly a watches fair, and is now a leading industry showcase for innovation.Now IJL, which takes place in the vast open space of Olympia GRAND and is organised by Reed Exhibitions, has become the UK’s leading upscale jewellery fair,  ...


BIRMINGHAM, England, May 2015 - A visit to the Smith and Pepper factory at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham is a step back in time and a fascinating look at the jewellery making practices of the 20th Century. The factory at 78 and 79 Vyse Street in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, which produced ...



In Oporto in northern Portugal, the Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis houses a fascinating collection of Portuguese jewels, many of them hundreds of years old, in gold with colour stones such as topaz. Near the Ribeira area bordering the busy Douro river in Oporto, Portugal's second city after Lisbon, the Stock Exchange Palace has a boutique selling contemporary precious jewels from jewellers such as Topazio ...


GENEVA, April 21, 2013 - The Patek Philippe Museum houses a superb collection of vintage timepieces going back to early pocket watches, and wristwatches of the First World War and Art Deco periods. It is a watches connoisseur’s dream to wander around the three floors of the Patek Philippe Museum in central ...


Palladium jewellery sales struggle in competition with gold
LONDON, December 14, 2012 - The best efforts of top designers have failed to convince many buyers to choose palladium jewellery instead of the more established precious metals, notably gold. Campaigns to promote palladium in jewellery are stumbling due to sliding sales in China and a persistent preference for gold and platinum in much of the world, while marketing is steered by two rival bodies ...


India is the big story at VICENZAORO Winter
VICENZA, Italy, January 16, 2012 - India was the big talking point at VICENZAORO Winter, Italy's premier jewellery trade fair. Much of the chatter at the show revolved around the renaissance of a handful of Italian brands under the direction of India's Gitanjali, led by Mehul Choksi. Mumbai-based Gitanjali has acquired Italian luxury jewellery brands Stefan Hafner, IO Si, Valente .... Full Article


Manufactured pieces sold well at Mumbai fair, stones sales slower
MUMBAI, January 9, 2011 – Sales of manufactured jewels fared well at IJS Signature 2012, while business in loose stones was slower, organisers said. As IIJS Signature 2012 wrapped up at the exhibition centre in Mumbai, the mood was cautious because jewellers were concerned over the impact on demand of a weaker rupee, combined with high and volatile precious materials prices .... Full Article


Jewel shopping in Sao Paulo – from market to mall
SAO PAULO, November 29, 2011 – Jewellery shoppers in Brazil’s commercial capital have a huge array of choice catering to all tastes – they can trawl the local markets for artisanal accessories or visit the smart malls or elegant shopping streets for more expensive treasures. A visit to the Municipal Market in the centre of Sao Paulo’s mega-city reveals artisanal jewellery .... Full Article


Mumbai jewellers vow business as usual after terror attack
MUMBAI, India, August 7, 2011 – Jewellers in Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar have vowed not to let the terrorists win after a recent attack. Since the July 13 explosion, security has increased, with police at every entry point to the thoroughfare.  And now Zaveri Bazaar, where much of India’s booming gold business is transacted, is a pedestrianised zone.  In former times, busy traffic had mingled with the crowds ... Full Article


Jewellery shoppers spoilt for choice in Venice
VENICE, Italy, January 23, 2011 – Venice has hundreds of jewellery shops, ranging from top tier brands like Cartier, Bulgari and Damiani to the proliferation of costume jewellery boutiques that abound in the narrow lanes intersecting the waterways. St. Mark’s Square is a prime jewellery hub, accommodating retailers like Boncompagni which stocks Vicenza-based brand Roberto Coin. ... Full Article


Vicenza Fair realises it must improve communications
VICENZA, Italy, January 16, 2011 - The Vicenza Fair understands that it needs to do a better job of communicating to the world why so-called "Made in Italy" jewellery is special. The fair cannot take for granted that consumers will recognise the supreme craftsmanship of "Made in Italy" jewels. The Fair's website looks old-fashioned and does not link actively to major social networking sites ... Full Article


Sparkle '11 bursts at the seams, but challenges ahead
SURAT, India, January 9, 2011 - Sparkle 2011, the fair staged in Surat, India's diamonds capital, is in the lucky position of enjoying a boom in demand for diamond jewellery in India and in the fast-growing regions around the world, notably in the Far East. Now the challenge is how to manage this great opportunity aided by a rapidly expanding local economy in the state of Gujarat, one of the  ... Full Article


Review – Faded splendour in Musée des Arts Decoratifs
PARIS, June 30, 2010 – Jewellery aficionados feel a sense of excitement before visiting the jewellery gallery at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in the Louvre district of Paris. Their great expectations are due to the prestige of the nearby Place Vendôme, the home of France’s top jewellery brands with a fabulous history of providing intricately crafted pieces to some of the world’s most  ... Full Article

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Vicenza Fair needs to re-think strategy to aid Italian export sector
VICENZA, Italy, January 19, 2010 - The Vicenza gold jewellery fair needs to re-think its strategy in order to boost the Italian jewellery sector, which is losing exports amidst the global economic crisis. According to the latest figures made available to the Vicenza Fair, Italian jewellery exports are estimated to be down around 20 percent in 2009 compared with the previous year.   ... Full Article

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Mood upbeat at Italian Jewellery Awards
The mood among jewellers attending the 2009 Italian Jewellery Awards at the weekend was decidedly upbeat despite worries over the Dubai debt crisis and a fragile global economic recovery. "The show must go on" was the mantra of jewellers attending the sumptuous gala awards dinner in the historic and splendid surrounds of San Lorenzo Maggiore in central Naples on November 28. A delegation of leading  ... Full Article



Antwerp museum charts history of diamonds
ANTWERP, November 15, 2009 – A visit to Antwerp’s Diamond Museum is an education in history from the early exploitation of the gemstones in India to the vast globalised trade of today. The museum, located beside the central railway station close to Antwerp’s diamond district, tells the story of some of the world’s most famous diamonds such as the Koh-I-Noor and the Cullinan diamond which ... Full Article



Place Vendôme – showcase for world’s top jewellers
PARIS, November 8, 2009 -- The Place Vendôme, a 17th century square in Paris’s luxury district near the Opera, clusters some of the world’s top jewellers, and the Ritz Paris, the most prominent hotel on the square, houses scores of display cases showing off leading jewellery brands. A visit to the Place Vendôme is a foray to find out who are the top international retailers in the current global fine ... Full Article



View from the Vault: A wry smile for jewellers?
You can't have missed the headlines, even if you tried to ignore them. Gold rising above $1000 an ounce has sparked a fresh "gold rush" says the press, with private investors piling into gold coins and bars so fast, Harrods just opened a Gold Department at its flagship store in London. You could do much worse (Harrods is charging 11% mark-ups on Krugers). But don't expect a long queue ... Full Article


 
Footfall strong at Vicenza, focus turns to Christmas season
VICENZA, Italy, September 14, 2009 - The corridors at the Vicenza Fair were full this week as buyers and visitors jostled past each other to admire the latest jewellery designs with the focus shifting to the Christmas season. Vicenza Fair organisers expressed confidence and optimism about the outlook for new orders as the general mood improved despite the backdrop of economic crisis ... Full Article



Mood upbeat at IJL 2009 despite recession
LONDON, September 9, 2009 - The mood was remarkably upbeat at International Jewellery London (IJL) in 2009 despite the recession, with some jewellers reporting their best ever orders at the event. There was a feeling that people had had enough of the economic crisis and it was time to move forward with a blend of innovation, determination and disciplined business practices ... Full Article


 Golden ablutions, paper dollars
Like Pip in Great Expectations, central banks keep inheriting unwelcome bequests. Today's "legacy assets" are toxic derivatives; a decade ago it was gold reserves. Both are proving hard to shrug off, but for very different reasons. And given these failures, it's little wonder the People's Bank of China has grown so concerned by its $1 trillion hoard of US Treasury bonds ... Full Article


 UK Jewellery Awards - morale booster for the trade
LONDON, July 19, 2009 - The 2009 UK Jewellery Awards, set in the sumptuous Great Room of the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, were a welcome tonic for the trade in the midst of a deep recession. A sense of solidarity pervaded the occasion on July 16, which brought together hundreds of retail jewellers, designers and marketers in their best finery, determined to party till late. ... Full Article




 

 




 
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